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About Citizenship+


Citizenship+ is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which seeks to promote democratic values and institutions in the developing world using social media.  Citizenship+ recognizes the increasingly important role which new forms of social media play in bringing together individuals and groups to participate in politics and governance.  As such, Citizenship+ projects seek to improve the capacity of citizens to employ social media in support of freedom and democracy in the Middle East and Central Asia.  This approach empowers citizens to take the lead in promoting democracy in their own countries by strengthening civil
society, encouraging participatory governance, and enabling the exchange of ideas and best practices.


Citizenship+ has been a pioneer in embracing the critical role of new social media in democratic governance.  New technology enables citizens to connect with one another, exchange ideas, monitor and participate in governance, and organize to advocate shared interests.  This technology can allow civil-society to 1) facilitate the emergence of democratic governments, 2) contribute to the consolidation of democratic values and institutions, and 3) promote responsive politics and governance in established democratic governments.

"In Iran, Moldova, and many other countries, online organizing has been a critical tool for advancing democracy, and enabling citizens to protest suspicious election results. Even in established democracies like the United States, we've seen the power of these tools to change history." Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2010


Citizenship+ is a transnational non-governmental organization (TNGO) which encourages freedom and democracy in the developing world.  Citizenship+ was founded in 2008 in response to the growing importance of social media in politics and governance, and has been a leading advocate of the critical role that new social media can play in enabling democratization.  Headquartered in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, Citizenship+ has formed partnerships with organizations around the world, ranging from other NGOs like “Democracy Now!” to government agencies like Turkmenistan’s National Academy of Science.  Citizenship+ currently has projects in Kazakhstan, Iraq, Syria, and Turkmenistan.

Current Projects

For a description of current Projects: Click Here

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Interested? Follow us on Twitter @CitizenshipPlus

Additional Links

Secretary of State Remarks on Internet Freedom and Technology


GSA: Social Media

US Department of State's Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor



Hadeel Alhaddadeh
Sari Dallal
Geoffrey Daniels
Stephen Davies
Khaled Kadah
Raymond Kaniu
Kelly McCray
Maggie Moore
Hannah Stewart
Shota Suzuki
Zhenia Viatchaniova
Yao Xiao


Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Maggie Moore. Top executive and decision-maker, in charge of total management.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Raymond Kaniu. In charge of financial planning, record-keeping, and risk-management.

Chief Operations Officer (COO) Khaled Kadah.
Responsible for the overseeing the operation of the organization, assists and reports to CEO.


Director of Public Affairs and Communications Kelly McCray. Manages organization’s internal and external communications, manages public relations.  

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Yao Xiao. Executive responsible for information technology and computer systems to support organization.

Director of Program Development Shota Suzuki. Responsible for developing programs to fulfill organization’s mission.


Regional Director Middle East
Stephen Davies.
In charge of Citizenship+ Middle Eastern division, oversees regional programs.  Program directors report to their regional director, regional directors report to COO.

Program Director: MCSTG & MTCD Syria Hannah
Citizenship+ programs in Syria and partnerships with Syrian media. Works closely with the Chief of Party and Citizenship+'s management team in Washington.

Chief of Party (COP) Syria Sari
Dallal.  Manages Citizenship+'s prpgram in Syraia with a primary focus on providing technical support to Syrian media and ensuring the successful completion of project activities.


Communications Director
Zhenia Viatchaniova. 
Citizenship+'s communication
strategy and content.

Press Officer/Spokesperson
Deoffrey Daniels.
 The point of
contact for Syrian and inter-
national media.

Social Media Officer Hadeel Alhaddadeh
. Responsible for overseeing Citizenship+'s social
media strategy across all platforms.

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is an NGO based at
Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. It is funded by the Nederlands Instituut voor Meerpartijendemocrati, an assistance organization in the Netherlands for promoting political parties in young democracies.

Democracy Now! is currently working with political parties from 21 programme countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe, and it supports joint initiatives by parties to improve the democratic system in their country; the institutional development of political parties; and efforts to improve relations between political parties, civil society and the media.


In several of the countries where Democracy Now! operates, political parties have established Centres for Multiparty Democracy (CMDs). These centres provide a neutral setting where political adversaries have the opportunity to discuss how they can work together to strengthen democracy.


Democracy Now! encourages political parties to organise exchanges with counterparts from neighbouring countries. In these regional programmes, democratic politicians from various countries convene in order to learn from each other, share experiences and help others promote democratic reforms.

Expertise of Political Practitioners

Founded in 2000, Democracy Now! draws on the expertise of political practitioners in its programmes.


1. Executive Director, Member of CDA  (Christian Democratic Party) | Opposition Party

avid Miedema (

Jelko Dijkman (

Puck Sanders (

2. Managing Director for the Netherlands, Member of PvDA  (Social Democratic Party) | Government Party

Bo Schilder (

Daphne van de Bult (

Nian Sadiq (

3. Director for Operations in Syria, Member of VVD  (Liberal Right of Center Party) | Government Party

Roelof Lovink (

Jessica Sciarone (

Menno Molenveld (

Academic Coordinator: Dr. Bertjan Verbeek (

Dress Code

Business attire.

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